Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

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The Gaia hypothesis, first put forth in the mid-1960s, and published in book form in 1975, explores the idea that the life of earth functions as a single organism which actually defines and maintains conditions necessary for its survival. Disclaiming the conventional belief that living matter reacts passively in the face of threats to its existence, Lovelock argues that the earth's living matter - air, ocean, and land surfaces - forms a complex system which has the capacity to keep our planet a fit place for ...
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The Gaia hypothesis, first put forth in the mid-1960s, and published in book form in 1975, explores the idea that the life of earth functions as a single organism which actually defines and maintains conditions necessary for its survival. Disclaiming the conventional belief that living matter reacts passively in the face of threats to its existence, Lovelock argues that the earth's living matter - air, ocean, and land surfaces - forms a complex system which has the capacity to keep our planet a fit place for life. Now reissued with an updated preface which discusses how Lovelock's predictions have already begun to hold true, Gaia has dramatically altered the way scientists view evolution and the environment.

According to the Gaia hypothesis, the environment does not coincidentally support life on earth; rather the two interact much the way a bird and its nest interact.

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"This may turn out to be one of the epochal insights of the 20th century."--CoEvolution Quarterly

"The most fascinating book that I have read for a long time....Both original and well-written."--New Scientist

"Places a daring hypothesis before the general reader....[His book] is the exciting and personal argument of an original thinker caught up in wonder."--Philip Morrison, Scientific American

"A book that I have read with immense pleasure."--René Dubos, Nature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195203585
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/24/1982
  • Pages: 170

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Jim Lovelock, an independent scientist and, since 1974, a Fellow of the Royal Society, worked on the NASA space program. He is a Visiting Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University and inventor of the electron capture detector.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introductory 1
2 In the beginning 13
3 The recognition of Gaia 33
4 Cybernetics 48
5 The contemporary atmosphere 64
6 The sea 84
7 Gaia and Man: the problem of pollution 107
8 Living within Gaia 123
9 Epilogue 141
Definitions and explanations of terms 151
Further reading 155
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  • Posted March 24, 2012

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    I read this book when I first came out and I always insure that

    I read this book when I first came out and I always insure that there is a copy in my personal Libaray.
    Because of reading this book some 35 plus years ago, I decided to always be aware of my carbon foot print even when it was not fashionable (always bring my own bags, only buy products with the least amout of packaging, eat non-processed foods stuff like that). Frankly reducing your carbon foot print should not be a fashion choice or something to impress the neighbors. We are stewards of this planet as this planet is mother to us all, if for nothing but out of respect for this relationship each and every one of us should try to do our best for Gaia and be as gentle with her as we can be.

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